bidialectalism

noun
bi·​di·​a·​lec·​tal·​ism | \ ˌbī-ˌdī-ə-ˈlek-tə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce bidialectalism (audio) \

Definition of bidialectalism

: facility in using two dialects of the same language also : the teaching of Standard English to pupils who normally use a nonstandard dialect

Other Words from bidialectalism

bidialectal \ ˌbī-​ˌdī-​ə-​ˈlek-​tᵊl How to pronounce bidialectal (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of bidialectalism

1958, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about bidialectalism

Time Traveler for bidialectalism

Time Traveler

The first known use of bidialectalism was in 1958

See more words from the same year

Statistics for bidialectalism

Cite this Entry

“Bidialectalism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bidialectalism. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on bidialectalism

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about bidialectalism

Comments on bidialectalism

What made you want to look up bidialectalism? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A More Exception(al) Quiz

  • hot dog  hot dog  hot dog  hot dog cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!